Jedburgh Castle Jail, Male Block upper floor study

A study of the Male prison block (upper floor) Fieldwork 29th-30th October 2021

On 29th October 2021 Otherworld North East were invited to take part in an overnight 12 hour field investigation at Jedburgh Castle Jail by Chris and Annette Fox of Deadzone Paranormal Adventures.

As part of this, we undertook a baseline photographic recording of the upper floor of the Male Block. This prison block isn’t open to the general public on a day to day basis as the block has yet to be renovated, but access is allowed to investigators during fieldwork sessions.

When the jail originally opened in 1823, the male block (which held both tried and untried male prisoners) held 11 cells on the first floor, with a series of dayrooms and arcades on the ground floor. From 1848 however, the ground floor arcades and dayrooms were partitioned off into further cells.

So what is the aim of this experiment? The aim was to produce a ‘baseline’ photographic resource of this area accurate as of 30th October 2021. With a history of ‘faked’ photographs in the media by visitors utilising the cardboard cutouts the museum use for displays, the idea of being able to look around each room appeared to be necessary. As such, these 360 images (taken using an Insta360 system) can be used as a visual baseline against any anomalous images captured during the fieldwork and beyond. Unfortunately the floor has no inbuilt lighting: this experimental stage suggested that softer ambient lanterns would be more suitable for lighting needs in the future. 

Male block, 2021, looking toward the Gaoler's Block
Male block, 2021, looking toward the Gaoler's Block

Reported activity on the upper floor of the Male Block

Reported activity in the Male Block (upper floor) includes feelings of foreboding, a disembodied male voice being heard, knocking sounds, and a cell door (Cell 18) swinging shut on a visitor’ fingers so hard it crushed them.

Male Block, upper floor 360 degree photos


Each cell has a separate 360° image. Use the controls on each cell/area to zoom in and out and/or view full screen.

Cell 21

Cell 20

Cell 19

Cell 18

Cell 17

Cell 16

Cell 15

Cell 14

Cell 13

Cell 12

Cell 11

Corridor view #1

Corridor view #2


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Have you ever experienced something strange or allegedly paranormal on a visit to Jedburgh Castle Jail? If so, would you consider sharing the event? Please use our Reporting Desk to tell us about it!  We’d love to be able to generate a map of everyone’s experiences to help focus our research and fieldwork.
Thanks in advance

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